FKA twigs Magdalene“Just when you think it’s really fragile and about to fall apart, there’s an absolute defiance and strength in a way that my work’s never had before,” FKA twigs describes her new album Magdalene. “I found a lot of power in the story of Mary Magdalene; a lot of dignity, a lot of grace, a lot of inspiration.”

Fans know FKA twigs as an artist and auteur whose work often plays at boundaries, exploring tensions between power and vulnerability. Whether on film, in the recording studio, or on stage (or online demonstrating the future of consumer tech with companies like Google or Apple), FKA twigs is a pioneering voice and leading light.

With Magdalene, she turns her attention inward, to untangle some of the binding knots of human interdependency. 1000 Eyes begins the record with an immense, distressed chorus singing in unison “It’s gonna be cold with all those eyes”, foreshadowing loss. The voices slowly disintegrate as a bass note grows into a drone. Future joins in the memorable duet of Holy Terrain, an upbeat hip hop ballad of a tender relationship filled with hurt and human failings. Home to You also soars to a slow-building crescendo of strings, synths, and fractured beats.

Magdalene by FKA twigs is out November 8 via Young Turks/Remote Control.

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